Dubai: Harry Conway produced a hat-trick in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup to help steer Australia to an emphatic 212-run win over Nepal at Tony Ireland Stadium in Queensland.
After Australia piled up 294 for 7 in 50 overs thanks to Cameron Bancroft’s 125, Cornway’s hat-trick and Ashton Turner’s spell of 4 for 28 resulted in Nepal being bowled out for a paltry 82 in 23.5 overs.
Bancroft and Kurtis Patterson combined for a 160-run partnership for the second wicket — a record for an Australia side at an Under-19 World Cup — before Patterson was dismissed for 86.
Meanwhile, Pakistan registered an easy nine-wicket win over qualifiers Scotland at the Kev Hackney Oval on the Sunshine Coast.
Though Scotland produced the highest score of any of the four qualifiers in posting 200 runs, Pakistan won the match while losing just one wicket in in 36.2 overs in reply.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam reached his century with a six and then, with the scores tied, wrapped up the result with a four off the next ball to remain unbeaten on 106, which came off 120 balls with ten boundaries and two maximums.
Opener Sami Aslam slammed 78 to put on 163 for the opening wicket with Azam. Earlier, Scotland opener Ross Maclean hit a fighting 59.
West Indies extended their winning streak through a nine-wicket win over Papua New Guinea.
Opener Sunil Ambris cracked a breezy 91 off 43 balls to help West Indies win the match in 11.4 overs after bowling out PNG for 116. Kyle Mayers sparkled again, taking three wickets for 12 runs, along with Jerome Jones, who bagged 3 for 15.
Sri Lanka, who lost their opening match to Bangladesh, downed qualifiers Namibia.
The Lankans posted an impressive 298 for 8, with opener Sebastian Perera top-scoring with 69. Namibia crashed to Lahiru Madushanka’s spell of 4 for 15. Madushanka had also scored 45 runs.
Under-19 World Cup
Australia bt Nepal by 212 runs. Australia 294 for 7 in 50 overs (Cameron Bancroft 125, Kurtis Patterson 86l Pradeep Airee 2 for 40, Rahul Vishvakarma 2 for 50) Nepal 82 in 23.5 overs (Sagar Pun 22, Pulami Magar 21; Ashton Turner 4 for 28, Harry Conway 3 for 15) Player of the Match : Cameron Bancroft. Pakistan bt Scotland by nine wkts. Scotland 200 in 49.5 overs (Ross McLean 59, Fred Coleman 39, Ruaidhri Smith 34; Mohammad Nawar 4 for 20, Ehsan Adil 2 for 37) Pakistan 204 for 1 in 36.2 overs (Babar Azam 106 n.o., Sami Aslam 78). Player of the Match: Babar Azam.
West Indies bt Papua New Guinea by 9 wkts. Papua New Guinea 116 in 41 overs (Chris Kent 39, Chad Soper 23, Nogel Boge 21; Jerome Jones 3 for 15, Kyle Mayers 3 for 12; Akeal Hosein 2 for 23) West Indies 117 for 1 in 11.4 overs (Sunil Ambris 91) Player of the Match: Sunil Ambris .
Sri Lanka bt Namibia by 195 runs. Sri Lanka 258 for 9 in 50 overs (Sebastian Perera 69, Sandun Weerakkody 50, Lahiru Madushanka 45, Pabasara Waduge 39, Niroshan Dickwella 38; Zhivago Groenewald 3 for 49, Wian van Vuuren 2 for 65) Namibia 103 in 35 overs (Wian van Vuuren 38, Gerhard Erasmus 26; Lahiru Madushanka 4 for 15, Amila Aponso 2 for 17, Tharindu Kaushal 2 for 19). Player of the Match: Sebastian Perera.